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Discussion 3 to Meditation 801
Wasted lives. Ruined Lives.

by: JT

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Harold Camping's prediction for the Apocalypse on 21 May 2011 is getting a lot more press. Part of the reason is that he's putting up billboards all over the US announcing the Day of Judgment.[1]

What is of more concern than theses billboards is that Camping has actually managed to convince people to devote their lives to spreading his message.

This article tells us about, Marie Exley, a 32 year old veteran of the war in Iraq.

"But we're commanded by God to warn people. I wish I could just be like everybody else, but it's so much better to know that when the end comes, you'll be safe."

In August, Exley left her home in Colorado Springs, Colo., to work with Oakland, Calif.-based Family Radio Worldwide, the independent Christian ministry whose leader, Harold Camping, has calculated the May 21 date based on his reading of the Bible.

She is organizing traveling columns of RVs carrying the message from city to city, a logistics challenge that her military experience has helped solve. The vehicles are scheduled to be in five North Carolina cities between now and the second week of January, but Exley will shortly be gone: overseas, where she hopes to eventually make it back to Iraq.

"I don't really have plans to come back," she said. "Time is short."

Poor woman. She may indeed not make it back from Iraq. Not because of any nonsense Apocalypse she has been deluded about - but because they really are not keen on Americans preaching Christianity.

The article concludes with Exley saying:

"If you still want to say we're crazy, go ahead," she said. "But it doesn't hurt to look into it."

Of course it hurts, you silly woman. You've bet your life on it.

This is what I have against these apocalyptic predictions; the more that people find them credible, the more people get hurt - the more they waste months or years of their lives - the more they ruin their lives.

 

Footnote:

  1. I wonder, given the pose of the silhouetted figure, if the graphic artist managed to sneak in a critique of the message.